South Africa Mulls Creative Ways to Boost Fledgling Biofuels Industry

Garden View, South Africa [Engineering News] The South African government is considering introducing biodiesel as a separate grade of fuel, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) director for petroleum and gas industry Muzi Mkhize told the Cleaner Fuels Conference. South Africa currently has a policy that allows a 5% voluntary blending of biofuels into the fuel mix, but, while investors were suggesting that it should become mandatory to ensure the promotion of the biofuels industry, Mkhize said that supply constraints would hamper such a policy. However, he revealed that the government might assess it on a regional supply basis. … Mkhize reported that the DME was also currently reviewing its Petroleum Products Amendment Act of 2003, which would influence the industry’s specifications and standards.
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